Balestrate

Visit Balestrate with this Balestrate guide

Balestrate is situated at the centre of the Gulf of Castellammare, right on the border with the Province of Trapani. It is 50 km from both Palermo and Trapani. It is a charming seaside resort and although it may be one of Sicily’s smallest, it is probably its most interesting. The 8 km of fine sandy beaches are bathed by shallow crystal clear water, ideal for kids to safely play in. There are plenty of nice walks to be enjoyed in the classic Mediterranean bush, in the huge pine grove not far from the beach. There are two beaches at Balestrate: La Forgia and La Forgitella, featuring both bathing facilities and open and free public beach space. La Forgitella is closer to town and more frequented by the tourists thanks to all the nearby hotels and modern beach facilities with all the comforts. From the belvedere of Balestrate you can look out over the entire Gulf of Castellammare.

The main attractions in town are the Mother Church from the XIX century, and the Byzantine Calatubo Castle.

Evenings in Balestrate are enlivened by live music and events on the piazza and along the main streets of town. It is also the best time to enjoy some of the local delicacies like sfincione (flat bread with cacao cavallo, anchovies, tomatoes and onions), roast meats and delicious Sicilian granita.